More than 300 people packed the International Market Square building in Minneapolis Monday night to discuss the building of the new Vikings stadium. Golden Valley-based Mortenson Construction and its partner, Fridley-based Thor Construction, are heading up the $975 million project. On Monday night, prospective subcontractors gathered to listen to a presentation and ask questions about the process of landing a piece of the job.
"Meetings like this are very important to insure that subcontractors have positive feelings about the project," says John Wood, senior vice president of Mortenson.
Hanson Structural Precast, which has been in business since 1960, has assisted with Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium and Target Center.
"We got a lot of experience in the Minnesota sports," says Gary Pooley, sales manager at Hanson.
The Maple Grove company makes pre-poured concrete pieces, like beams and risers, which would comprise the "super-structure" of the new stadium.
"A job of this nature is pretty big for us so it will probably end up being one-third or one-fourth of our volume for one year, as for jobs it might provide 100 jobs," said Pooley.
Mortenson plans to hire about 100 subcontractors, which will break ground on the project Oct. 1.
"This is gonna be the largest construction project in Minnesota outside of road construction, and its gonna draw a big crowd," said Pooley. "We're pretty excited about the project."
Mortenson plans to hold more meeting to attract subcontractors over the next few weeks in Rochester, Duluth and Mankato.
The state legislature set guidelines requiring that 11 percent of the subcontractors on the project are represented by woman-owned businesses and 9 percent minority-owned businesses. Veteran-owned businesses are desired as well. However, lawmakers set no percentage for them.
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